When fields get plowed, diamonds don’t usually pop up. That’s unless you’re visiting Crater of Diamonds State Park in Murfreesboro, Arkansas. That’s where Dean Filppula, an offshore steward from Shreveport, Louisiana, found a yellow 2.01-carat diamond last week.It’s finders, keepers at the state park’s 37-acre search field, which is named for an ancient eruption that littered the area with gems. The area, which became a state park in 1972, is the only public site in the world where — for a small fee — you can dig for diamonds and keep them.
Dean Filppula holding his two-carat diamond (Photo: Crater of Diamonds State Park)
The diamond is the size of a pea.
The sparkling wedge-shaped stone is about the size of an English pea, park interpreter Waymon Cox said in a news release. It’s the largest stone of the 20 found this year, he said.
“More than half an inch of rain had fallen two days before his visit, washing loose soil from the surface of the diamond search area, and, no doubt, uncovering the large, yellow gem,” Cox said. “Anyone could have found it, but Mr. Filppula was in the right place at the right time.”Filppula, who plans to sell the diamond, named it the Merf Diamond after his mother’s initials.